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“Great Mex at Las Velas”
Review of Las Velas

Las Velas
Ranked #213 of 2,205 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Cuisines: Mexican
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Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: Las Velas Mexican Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh in historic Market Square above Prantl’s Bakery and Mancini Bread Company.Opening in fall of 2009, it includes a fun atmosphere, excellent bar options, and a flavorful menu of recipes inspired by Mexico City and the Riviera Maya region of Mexico.
Reviewed August 28, 2014

I recently dined at Las Velas in Pittsburgh, PA which is located in the very popular Market Square - well known for their numerous dining spots. This is a very popular and well known restaurant in the Pittsburgh area. A flight of stairs leads to the restaurant and the dining and bar area is large. A light and airy restaurant with lots of space to move about. A nice spot to people watch if you're at a window that looks out onto the square. The waitress arrived with a huge bowl of nacho chips and a healthy helping of salsa. The nacho chips could have been a meal in itself and it and the salsa got me off to a great start. I ordered a shrimp dish with a tomato-type sauce (you have a choice of sauces to choose from for a selection of dishes) with rice and beans. The entree was very tasty with a good number of very large shrimp. The only problem was the sauce was a little too spicy for me so be warned. If you like mild make sure the server knows this beforehand. In conclusion the service was very efficient, the food quality and quantity were excellent, the prices reasonable, the atmosphere can be noisy; but in a pleasant way. They do tend to get very busy at certain times and days. They probably take reservations; but you would have to check with Las Velas. Would I go back if I was in Pittsburgh again? Definitely.

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Thank Mike T
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Reviewed August 2, 2014

View out window great. Atmospher nothing. Service very poor waitress never returned to ask how meal was, kept my $.78 change and only brought back the bills. If you want to have your food have any type of flavor put hot souce on it. Born and raised in Pittsburgh. Worst mex food I ever had. Taco Bell is better. Want good Mex go to El Campesino.

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Thank Duane H
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

This restaurant is on the second floor overlooking the market square. Great mexican food and drinks. Relax and enjoy, If you are in a rush go to a fast food place. Las Velas is a relaxing experience.

Thank Davepsl
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Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

the only reason this doesn't get the full 5 is because even though I was standing in market square I couldn't find it. it may well be above the bakery...but the door is actually right next to diamond grille. so I searched fir close to 15 min lioking for it based on the directions in trip advisor.

I had chips (made in house) and veggie queso..there were 3 options for queso...and almost ever entree had 3-4 different options. .. I also had a lunch portion of flautas with chicken which came out way bigger portion than I expected.

unlike the previous reviews about horrible service...my service was great and my server super attentive. I showed up at the end of lunch rush (1 ish). the pricing seemed normal for a downtown restaurant but a bit high for your typical dive Mexican restaurant. all in all...with super strong matgarita, chips and queso, and flauta lunch cost approximately $25 with tip.

Thank rikalicious
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

Love this restaurant, great drinks, great food, great staff. Can always count on it for a great Mexican meal.

Thank Maureen M
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